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Baby Sleeper (Buttonless)

by Helen Rose

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» photos: Brandy Fortune
Easy

This cozy sleeper is worked from the top-down, seamlessly, and in the round.  Mainly done in Stockinette stitch, with a bit of seed stitch detail, it is an easy and relaxing knit.  Of note, the unusual thing about this bag sleeper is that it includes a handy little pacifier/teether holder right on the garment!  In addition, all the “buttons” are actually bobbles - totally safe for baby.  Diaper changing is simple, as the bottom just unbuttons and folds down, and the size can be adjusted by buttoning on top of the shoulder.


 


Sizes

0-6 months [6-12 months]

Finished Measurements

Chest: 19[21] inches
Length: 21¼[23¼] inches

Materials

Spud & Chloe™ Sweater [55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram];

#7500 Ice Cream - 3[4] hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #7 (4.5 mm) 16 inch circular needle for body or size needed for gauge
US #7 (4.5 mm) dpns for sleeves (set of 4 or 5)

NOTIONS

Stitch markers (at least 5)
Stitch holders (or pieces of scrap yarn)

GAUGE

20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch

Pattern Notes

Make Bobble (MB): [Knit in front loop then back loop without slipping st from needle] two times, then knit in front loop and slip stitch to right hand needle, * turn; p5, turn; k5; repeat from * once more; pass the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th stitches over the first stitch and off the needle.

Make Button Loop: Thread a tapestry needle with an approximately 20 inch piece of yarn and tie a knot at the end.  Insert the needle from back to front where you want the button loop to be and pull through.  Make sure the knot is anchored.  Place the yarn over finger to make the size needed for your loop.  Bring the yarn back through the work ¼ inch from where the yarn was originally inserted.  Bring the yarn up through the first hole again.  Repeat two times, making the loop 3 strands thick and ending with the yarn on the loop side of the work.  * Now, with the work held in your left hand, bring the yarn up and over your left index finger and through the button loop from bottom to top.  Bring the yarn through loop that is on your left index finger, from front to back.  Remove finger.  Push this knot to beginning of buttonhole loop.  Repeat from * to make enough knots to cover whole button loop. Weave in yarn end.

Detail

Skills Required

Seed stitch, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, making bobbles (instructions included), making button loop (instructions included), yarn over, increases, decreases

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 72[82] sts (I like the knit/short-tail cast on) on circular needles.  Being careful not to twist, join to work in rnds as follows: slip last st onto left needle and knit first and last st together. Place unique marker to mark end of rnd: 71[81] sts.  
Rnd 1: K1, (p1, k1) around. 
Rnd 2: Work 10[11] sts in seed st, MB, work 49[57] sts in seed st, MB, work to end in seed stitch.
Rnds 3 and 4: Work in Seed st. 
Rnd 5: K12[14], pm, k11[13], pm, k24[27], pm, k11[13], pm, k13[14].
Rnd 6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: * Knit to within one st of marker, kfb, slip marker, kfb; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end of rnd: 79[89] sts.
Repeat Rnds 6 and 7, 11[12] times: 167[185] sts. 
You will have 49[54] sts total in the back, 35[39] sts for each sleeve, and 48[53] sts in the front). 

Continue working in St st until piece measures at least 4[4½] inches from cast on edge. 

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Separate Sleeves

Knit to first marker, put all sts between first and second marker on st holder, knit to 3rd marker, put all sts between 3rd and 4th marker on holder, knit to end of round: 97[107] sts on main needles and 35 [39] sts on each of two holders. 

Lower Body
Continue working on main needles in St st until piece measures 17½[19½] inches from cast on edge. 
Rnds 1 and 2: Work in Seed stitch. 
Rnd 3: Work 48[53] sts in Seed st, MB, work 48[53] sts in Seed st. 
Rnds 4 and 5: Work in Seed st. 
Work in St st until Sleeper measures 20½[22½] inches from cast on edge.
Work 5 rnds in Seed st.

Lower Flap
Row 1: K19[22], pm, k1, (p1, k1) twice, bind off next 49[53] sts purlwise (one st on right needle following bound off sts), (p1, k1) twice, k19[22] to end of round marker and remove marker, knit to next marker, work last 5 sts in Seed st: 48[54] sts.

Shaping
Begin working in rows.
Set up Row: Work 5 sts in Seed st, pm, p11[13], pm, p16[18], pm, p11[13], pm, work 5 sts in Seed st.
Row 1: Work 5 sts in Seed st, pm, knit until 2 sts before next marker, ssk, pm, k2tog, knit until 2 sts before next marker, ssk, pm, k2tog, knit to next marker, pm, work 5 sts in Seed st: 44[50] sts.
Row 2: Work 5 sts in Seed st, pm, purl to last 5 sts (slipping markers as you go), work 5 sts in Seed st.
Rows 3-14: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 6 times: 20[26] sts. 
Row 15:
Size 0-6 months Only – Row 15: Work 5 sts in Seed st, pm, k2, ssk, pm, k2, pm, k2tog, k2, pm, work 5 sts in Seed st: 18 sts.
Size 6-12 months Only – Row 15: Work 5 sts in Seed st, pm, ssk 3 times, pm, k2tog, ssk, pm, k2tog 3 times, work 5 sts in Seed st: 18 sts.
Row 16 and all even rows: Work 5 sts in Seed st, pm, purl to last 5 sts (slipping markers as you go), work 5 sts in Seed st.
Row 17: Work 5 sts in Seed st, pm, k1, ssk, pm, k2, pm, k2tog, k1, pm, work 5 sts in Seed st: 16 sts.
Row 19: Work 5 sts in Seed st, pm, ssk, pm, k2tog, pm, k2tog, pm, work 5 sts in Seed st: 13 sts.
Row 21, 23, 25 (and 27, 29 for Size 6-12 months only): Work 5 sts in Seed st, pm, k3, pm, work 5 sts in Seed st.
Row 26[30]: Work 5 sts in Seed st, p2tog, p1, work 5 sts in Seed st: 12 sts.
Next 2 Rows: Work in Seed st across all sts.
Next Row: Work 5 sts in Seed st, yo, k2tog, work 5 sts in Seed st.
Last 2 Rows: Work in Seed st across all sts.
Bind off all sts purlwise. 

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Sleeve

On left side of garment, put 35[39] live sts onto needle(s) of choice to work in round, then pick up 5 sts from underarm, marking beginning of round: 40[44].
Knit until sleeve measures 3[4] inches from underarm.

Shaping
Decrease Rnd 1: Knit to 5 sts before end of round, ssk, k3: 39[43] sts.
Decrease Rnd 2: K3, k2tog, knit to end of round: 38[42] sts.
Work even until Sleeve measures 4½[5½] inches from underarm, then repeat Decrease Rnds 1 and 2: 36[40] sts.
Work even until Sleeve measures until 5¾[7¼] inches from underarm, then repeat Decrease Rnd 1: 35[39] sts.
Work 5 rows in Seed st.
Bind off all sts purlwise. 
Repeat for right sleeve.

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Pacifier Holder

On front of sleeper, measure down 3 inches from cast on edge and over 1½ inches to the left front (as worn) from center of garment. Pick up 7 sts by inserting needle under one leg of 7 consecutive sts.
Row 1: Beginning at edge closest to underarm, k1, (p1, k1) across.
Work in Seed st until tab measures 6½ inches, ending with a WS row.
Next Row: K1, p1, k1, MB, k1, p1, k1.
Work even until tab measures 8½ inches.
Buttonhole Row: K1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, p1, k1.
Work 3 rows in Seed st.
Bind off all sts in purl.

FINISHING

Make button loops on neckline opposite bobbles.
Weave in ends. Block to dimensions on schematic.

 

Schematic

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Helen

Helen Rose is a pediatrician, wife, and mother of four who lives in New Jersey. For the past ten years, she has been knitting garments for her children. She has catalogued innumerable design ideas over the years and has finally launched her own knitting brand as a platform to develop them. Her store focuses on what Helen knows best; children's apparel and baby garments. When Helen is not working, caring for her children, or knitting, she is usually sleeping.

 

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